Only state official fired over Flint water wants job back

Flint Water Crisis

FILE- In a Feb. 5, 2018, file photo, defendant Liane Shekter Smith, listens during a preliminary examination in the cases of four defendants, all former or current officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in Flint, Mich. Shekter Smith, the only Michigan official fired in the Flint water disaster wants to be reinstated and get years of back pay after a criminal case against her fizzled into a misdemeanor that was ultimately erased. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)

DETROIT (AP) — The only Michigan official fired in the Flint water disaster wants to be reinstated and get years of back pay.

Liane Shekter Smith and the state’s environment department are meeting privately this week with an arbitrator, more than five years after then-Gov. Rick Snyder fired Shekter Smith.

Shekter Smith was head of Michigan’s drinking water office when Flint, with the state’s OK, used the Flint River for water in 2014 and 2015. The highly corrosive water wasn’t properly treated before it flowed through aging pipes.

Shekter Smith was charged with crimes, but the case ended with a misdemeanor plea deal that was eventually erased.

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